Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, we explore the highlights in each of the host cities and venues.
Saturday, September 19: Ireland v Canada
Sunday, September 20: Wales v Uruguay
Wednesday, September 23: Australia v Fiji
Thursday, October 1: Wales v Fiji
Friday, October 2: New Zealand v Georgia
Sunday, October 11: France v Ireland
Saturday, October 17: Quarter-final TBC
Sunday, October 18: Quarter-final TBC
Cardiff plays host to eight games over the course of the World Cup and is the proud home of Welsh rugby.
The castle is a heavy attraction for visitors of the city. The iconic fortress dates back some 2,000 years and was originally built in the late 11th century – it is certainly well worth a visit to delve into the history of the Welsh capital. The medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion is located in the heart of the city and remains a short walk from the train station.
If you prefer a more scenic outing then look no further than Cardiff Bay which is located to the south of the city. The bay is Europe’s largest waterfront development which boasts a number of award-winning bars and restaurants.
Where and what to eat:
The city has over 75 restaurants located in the centre but if you enjoy food and a view then Cardiff Bay is the place to grab a bite to eat. With a growing number of restaurants the Bay caters for whatever your taste buds require with Spanish, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine all within a short walk of one another.
The Yard Bar and Kitchen is just a short walk from the stadium and provides the perfect setting for those pre-match nerves. Whether it is craft ale or cocktails that take your fancy you will be spoilt for choice with quality guaranteed.
The Gatekeeper is a stone’s throw from the Millennium Stadium and provides the perfect place to relax after soaking up the action. The pub serves food and provides pool as entertainment to party into the night.
The home of Welsh rugby is a fairly new addition to the Union stadium catalogue but has already cemented its place in history with Wales winning the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2005, 2008 and 2012 at the venue.
The stadium has previously held World Cup matches and was the host venue throughout the 1999 showpiece, with Australia overhauling France in the final.
It hosted FA Cup and play-off finals while the new Wembley was under development and proved a fantastic stand-in venue for fans and players to create sporting history.
Cardiff Central Rail Station is a five-minute walk from the stadium, but with its location in the heart of Cardiff accessibility to the venue is fairly easy with several bus lines from the city centre and it is only a short walk from wherever you are in Cardiff.
The Millennium Stadium has a staggering capacity of 74,154 but it is perhaps the tightness of the stands to the field of play that allows a fantastic atmosphere to be built. The Welsh rugby team are formidable at home and it doesn’t take long to see why.
The venue is one of the most intimidating stadiums in the world to ply your trade, especially when the home side are backed by the boisterous Welsh crowd – a fantastic thought with the World Cup just around the corner.